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Rep. Rush unveils privacy bill. Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) unveiled a consumer privacy bill on Monday that would force companies to obtain customers’ consent before sharing their personal information with third parties.The Best Practices Act of 2010 would apply to both online and offline companies that collect personally identifiable data from customers such as their names, addresses, and credit card and social security numbers. The bill would require companies to notify users on how their information is used, how it is shared internally and every time their data is disclosed to a third party.

Executive Notes

Broadband providers unhappy with pending report. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will soon release a report to Congress arguing that the nation is not up deploying broadband in a timely fashion to all Americans, a first since the report began 11 years ago. The FCC’s “706 report” is mandated by communications law. U.S. Telecom, the association for broadband providers, raised concern on Monday about the pending report after it came to light that the FCC would not give broadband deployment an A+.

Industry Notes

A new boss at Nokia? The Wall Street Journal reports that mobile phone maker Nokia has launched a search for a new chief executive. Nokia sells more cell phones internationally than any other manufacturer, but current CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo has struggled to keep the company in the market for high-end smartphones with competitors such as Apple's iPhone and phones running Google's Android mobile operating system.

Changes at the top for IBM. IBM announced Monday it would be shuffling its senior management to give more responsibility to the four senior executives immediately below chief executive Samuel Palmisano. According to the New York Times, the move creates a short list for succession and could also indicate Palmisano intends to stay past the traditional company retirement age of 60. Palmisano is 59 years old. Senior vice president Steven Mills, 58, will be in charge of the hardware and software divisions. Chief financial officer Mark Loughridge, 57, will get a larger role overseeing the company’s financing unit and senior vice president Michael Daniels, 56, will be in charge of the entire services business. Senior vice president Virginia M. Rometty, 52, will oversee marketing and strategy, as well as sales, which she handles currently. Daniels and Rometty are considered the most likely to succeed Palmisano.

Pixels overtake paper at Amazon. Amazon announced Monday that for the last three months it has sold 143 books for its Kindle e-reader for every 100 hardcover books. The figures don't include free Kindle books or paperbacks, which are thought to outpace e-books in sales.


“It’s extremely important that we tell you what’s going on.”

-Prominent Wikileaks volunteer Jacob Appelbaum, who announced the whistleblower site is once again accepting submissions after being down for a month. Appelbaum, who filled in for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange at the HOPE hacker conference in New York City acknowledged the site has been less than transparent about recent changes and is launching a blog to improve communication. (Wired)


CLAY 2010?… "Our Congress has more vineyard owners than developers in it," writes Clay Johnson, co-founder of the web strategy firm Blue State Digital. Web developers should run for Congress because "they’re under-represented as a profession" and "government’s problems are becoming increasingly technical," among other reasons. (h/t @digiphile)